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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Power User Cookbook

By : Adrian Colquhoun
Book Image

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Power User Cookbook

By: Adrian Colquhoun

Overview of this book

The power of Microsoft SharePoint as the Enterprise collaboration platform is ever-growing; due to the wide range of capabilities it offers, SharePoint 2010 can help transform your business so you can quickly respond to the changes and challenges that you face. For End Users, SharePoint helps you and your team work "better, faster, and smarter". This book will take your SharePoint knowledge further, showing you how to use your skills to solve real business problems. While many other titles might be characterized as "SharePoint Explained", this cookbook contains advanced content that goes beyond that found in other SharePoint End User offerings: it is "SharePoint Applied". It provides recipes walking Power Users through a range of collaboration, data integration, business intelligence, electronic form, and workflow scenarios, as well as offering three invaluable business scenarios for building composite applications. The cookbook begins by providing a comprehensive treatment of SharePoint essentials, while quickly moving forward to topics like Data Integration, Business Intelligence, and automating business processes. At the end of the book, the information presented in the earlier recipes is combined to create three example SharePoint 2010 "composite applications" for Human Resources (HR), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Project Management. Composite applications are the "unique selling point" of SharePoint 2010 and understanding how to create them is the key to unlocking the business value of the product.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Power User Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers


The recipes in this chapter cover SharePoint fundamentals essential for every SharePoint user.

The first three recipes of this chapter will introduce you to some of the fundamental building blocks of SharePoint: lists, site columns, and content types. Pay particular attention to content types. As your knowledge of SharePoint grows, you will come to realize that these are key to unlocking all the magic that SharePoint has to offer.

SharePoint 2010 Server provides the ability to give each user his/her own individual My Site. This site contains a wealth of tools for sharing information, tagging content, and tracking other users. Think of your My Site as the hub of your workings within SharePoint, it is your LinkedIn or Facebook site in the enterprise. The next six recipes in this chapter will show you how use your My Site effectively.

SharePoint makes it very easy to create websites where you can collaborate and share information. But keeping track of changes across hundreds of sites can be a challenge. Thankfully SharePoint allows you to register for alerts so that you can be notified when there is something new or updated that you should look at. Recipes are included that show you how to create new alerts and how to manage the alerts you already have.

The final three recipes tackle SharePoint 2010 security, introducing permissions, permission levels, and the security trimmed user interface from a practical business perspective.

We will learn how to create more building blocks, such as sites and document libraries, in later chapters. But enough of the introductory waffle. Let's get started!